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German space agency reveals an autonomous, electric urban mobility prototype for use right here on Earth

The same vehicle can use different modules for people or cargo

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has debuted a prototype of what it calls 'U-Shift,' an urban mobility vehicle designed for multiple uses. U-Shift is a fully electric vehicle, designed for autonomous operation, and could serve in a number of capacities including as an on-demand shuttle, a bus, a mobile distribution center for package delivery, or even as travelling salesroom. You could easily see how a fleet like this could be repurposed for on-demand package and grocery delivery during lock

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FIA will try to avoid Le Mans/F1 clash in 2021

Next year's Le Mans race is provisionally scheduled for June 12-13

Formula One's governing body, the FIA, will do what it can to avoid a calendar clash in 2021 between the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a grand prix, president Jean Todt told reporters at the 88th edition of the event. This year's F1 calendar had listed the Canadian Grand Prix on the same June weekend as Le Mans before the COVID-19 pandemic tore up the schedules, with the Montreal race ultimately cancelled. Le Mans will be the highlight of a reduced six-round World Endurance Championship (WEC) season

'Hillbilly Brigade' fired up dozers and pickups to save Oregon town from fire

1,200 untrained men and women: 'We were left on our own to stop this'

Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Behind West, on the front lines of the 136,000-acre Riverside fire, two young men pulled a water tank behind their pickup truck, struggling to douse the flames. In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 21 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a mirac

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Toyota Gazoo wins 24 Hours Le Mans for 3rd straight year

It was also a third consecutive win for Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima

Toyota Gazoo's No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours Le Mans by five laps from Rebellion No. 1 on Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race. It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

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Sebastien Loeb becomes the oldest driver to lead a WRC round

The Frenchman now races only in selected events

The Frenchman, a nine times world champion and three times Rally Turkey winner who now races only in selected events, was competing for the first time since January's Monte Carlo season-opener. Turkey is the fifth round of the championship. Toyota's championship leader Sebastien Ogier, who won six titles in a row after compatriot Loeb retired from full-time rallying, was in third place and a tenth of a second behind Neuville.

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Chevrolet Beretta GT

With a V6 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, and decklid spoiler, this Beretta was cool by 1990 standards.

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F1 teams say triple-headers are 'not sustainable'

Regulations allow for up to 25 races in a season

As Formula One teams return home to rest and gather breath after three successive triple-headers, bosses have stressed that such intense scheduling cannot become the norm. After a weekend off, there were then two successive races at Britain's Silverstone and a trip to Spain. "I think multiple triple-headers are not sustainable," Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer said last weekend.

Electric vehicle charge network ChargePoint reportedly closer to going public

It could be valued at $2 billion

The deal for ChargePoint could value the company at more than $2 billion (1.54 billion pounds) and be announced as early as next week, the sources said, cautioning that talks could still collapse and terms may still change. ChargePoint declined to comment. Switchback did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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